5 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Tyrone 3-12
Monaghan 3-07

A SHARPER, hungrier Tyrone inflicted a first defeat on Monaghan in this year’s Ulster minor hurling league division 2 when the sides met at Garvaghey on Wednesday evening last.

Played in bitterly cold conditions with snow falling practically throughout this was as much a contest of endurance as anything else with the home side adapting that much better to the prevailing conditions which was a major feature in the eventual outcome.

With Mickey Cunningham dominating in midfield for the home side they were only headed once in the entire contest but they got to grips with that in the second-half and pushed on for a deserved victory. They got off to the best possible start when Paudie Mallon doubled on a loose ball in the Monaghan area in the second minute but by the end of the opening quarter the sides were level at 1-3 apiece, Monaghan’s goal by Tony Forde in the 14th minute.

A minute later Tyrone were back in front with a goal by Sean Timolin and they added points by Camelon, Dominic Rushe and Dwyer Marshall to lead by six after 20 minutes. However Monaghan finished the half strongly with a point from a free by Ronan Curran in the 21st minute and then a brace of goals from Curran whose effort from distance deceived backs and goal keeper alike and a second for Tony Forde a minute into stoppage time to leave Monaghan ahead by a point at the break, Monaghan 3-4, Tyrone 2-6.

Within a minute of the resumption Monaghan extended their lead to two with a point from a free by Ronan Curran but just three minutes later Tyrone were back in front by two points with …

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